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Outeiro Seco - Vila-Real

This is a building from the Late Romanesque period,  that is found on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.  It has had subsequent interventions.  In reference to its structure, it is composed of a single nave finished off by a quadrangular main chancel.  The sacristy is attached to the north together with the main chancel. Here, there existed a porch with round arches on three sides which was used for burial services.
The main facade is devoid of ornamentation and is only interrupted by the Romanesque doorway.  Its structure is simple and it is composed of three round archivolts with cable decoration resting on columns except on the interior that rests on pilasters.  Between each of the elements there are capitals decorated with representations of humans, plants, and animals.  The south façade also possesses a small and simple doorway.  It is also noteworthy to mention the pointed arch arrow slit located on the East end and decorated with capitals with plant and zoomorph ornamentation.
In the interior what is most interesting, is the collection of mural paintings that cover the walls.  The paintings date back to the 16th century and they represent scenes from the life of Christ such as The Killing of the Innocents, The Baptism, The Last Supper, The Agony in the Garden, The Calvary, The Lamentation, The Burial, The Resurrection and The Pentecost.  These paintings were moved to different museums to guarantee their conservation.

Outeiro Seco


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